A sneak preview of the Call for Papers for the 50th International Congress on Medieval Studies, held in Kalamazoo, Michigan, is now available at http://www.wmich.edu/medieval/congress. The list includes plenty for lovers of Tolkien and the fantasy genre:
- The History Dept, Texas A&M–Commerce is sponsoring “Tolkien as Translator and Translated”
- The Tales after Tolkien Society is presenting
- “From Frodo to Fidelma: Medievalisms in Popular Genres (A Roundtable)” and
- “Martin and More: Genre Medievalisms”
- Douglas A. Anderson is organizing “Christopher Tolkien as Medieval Scholar (A Roundtable)”
- and Tolkien at Kalamazoo is sponsoring
- “Tolkien’s Beowulf“
- “Tolkien and Medieval Victorianism”
- “Tolkien as Linguist and Medievalist” and
- “Tolkien’s Beowulf and ‘Sellic Spell’: Maidens of Middle-earth: ‘Turin’s Women’ (A Readers’ Theater Performance),” an evening of entertainment
The Tolkien at Kalamazoo CFP has already been announced. We’ll post additional CFPs as they become available.
The Congress is an annual gathering of more than 3,000 scholars interested in Medieval Studies. It features more than 550 sessions of papers, panel discussions, roundtables, workshops, and performances, plus an awesome book room of dealers, publishers, and purveyors of medieval sundries. Demonstrations of armory and medieval brewing techniques are also common. The 50th Congress is scheduled for May 14-17, 2015.